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‘Tourist footfall in Assam rose to 98L in 2022-23’ | Guwahati News – Times of India

GUWAHATI: The tourist flow to Assam has increased to over 98 lakh in 2022-23 from over 17 lakh in the previous financial year, while the tourist department collected over Rs 2.64 crore revenue in the 2022-23 and over Rs 1.69 crore revenue in the previous financial year.
Assam tourism minister Jayanta Malla Baruah, in a written reply to a question raised by Asom Gana Parishad MLA Ramendra Narayan Kalita on Tuesday in the ongoing autumn session of the assembly, stated that a total of 98,31,141 tourists, of which 18,946 are foreign tourists, visited the state in the 2022-23 financial year and 17,02,932 tourists, of which 1,231 are foreign nationals, had visited the state the previous year.
It is pertinent to mention that tourist flow in 2021-22 was lower because the country was still facing Covid-19 pandemic challenge that time. With the improvement of the pandemic situation, the tourist flow to the state also increased.
On the question on revenue generation by the visit of the tourists, the minister stated that there is a need to conduct a descriptive analysis on the revenue that was generated by the tourists’ visit. He further stated that the tourism department has no such specific data as the department has not conducted such analysis. However, the minister has provided the data of revenue collection as a whole by the department. The department collected Rs 2,64,47,895 in the 2022-23 financial year while it collected Rs 1,69,18,063 in the previous financial year.
Moreover, Kalita had also raised a query on the steps taken by the state government for the development of the Deepor Beel, the only Ramsar site of the state. The minister replied that the state government allocated altogether Rs 12 crore for the development of Deepor Beel and tenders were also called. However, work could not be started as the department has not received the NOC from the forest department.
The plan for the development of Deepor Beel includes an observation tower, a forest office, a cafeteria, an information center, parking place, one glass bridge and a jetty.

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